Celebrity News

Golden Globe winners who have gone on to win the Oscar

Though the voting process of the Golden Globes is very different from the one that chooses Academy Award winners, the list of winners are often eerily similar.
Loading the player...

The Golden Globes, though prestigious in their own right have always been a predictor for the Oscars. Whoever won the Globe is more than likely to take home the academy award too – but how likely is it really?

In 2017, Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Viola Davis, animated film Zootopia and La La Land director Damien Chazelle all came out on the winning end of an award season pattern that has been predicting Oscar winners since the Golden Globes began in 1950. They all won the Golden Globe and Oscar that they were up for.

Whether this is down to the Globes raising the profile for their Oscar nomination garnering them the votes they needed to win or both pools of voters saw their merits is unclear. But the proof that The Globes and Oscars pick the same winners most of the time is proven.

The winners of the Golden Globes are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The HFPA are a small group of journalists who cover Hollywood events. They pick the winners of the Golden globes as well as organising the event itself.

The Oscar winners are chosen by around 6000 actors, actresses, directors, editors, cinematographers and other film-making professionals who are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy part of “Academy awards”). The catch is they can only vote in their own field. So an actress votes for the acting categories, a director votes on the Best Director category and an editor votes for the Best Editing award.

In essence, the Globes winners are chosen by film journalists and the Oscar recipients are chosen by industry professionals. Both groups know their stuff, so they should agree most of the time, right?

Loading the player...

Kind of. Although the Globes and Oscars tend to agree on Best Actress and Best Actor most of the time, the Globes has two Best Actress and Actor categories; one for Motion Picture Drama and one for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. If a person wins one of those categories it is generally accepted they have won their Golden Globe.

However, complicating things further, the Globes have not one but two Best Picture categories; Best Picture – Drama and Best Picture – Musical or Comedy.

In 2016, (despite some confusion opening the envelope) Moonlight took out Best Picture at both awards nights. But in the 10 years prior to that, the award shows only agreed on 3 films as best pictures: 12 Years A Slave (2012), Argo (2011) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). In the last 10 years, no film that has won the Golden Globes’ Best Picture – Musical or Comedy award has won the Oscar’s best picture award.

Loading the player...

For the Best Actor and Actress Categories on the other hand, all but three of the Best Actress and Actor Oscar winners over the last 10 years have won their Oscars only after picking up their Golden Globe. And of those, most of the Oscar winners were from the Drama category.

It is a similar story for the Supporting actor and actress winners. The message is clear: if you are going to bet on anyone for the Oscar win – bet on whoever wins the Golden Globe. And in the Drama category at that.

Scroll down to see the actors and actresses who have pulled off Hollywood’s dream combo and won a Golden Globe then an Oscar in the same year.

Daniel Day Lewis won both the Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe (Drama category) in 2007 for There Will Be Blood.

He repeated the Hollywood dream combo in 2012, when he won both awards for his role as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.

Sean Penn’s role as Harvey Milk in Milk got him both the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2008.

Jeff Bridges took out both awards (the Golden Globe was in the Drama category) for his 2009 role in Crazy Heart.

French actor and comedian Jean Dujardin won his Golden Globe in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category before winning an Oscar for the his role in The Artist in 2011.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey won the 2013 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama before nabbing the Best Actor Oscar too. He won for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

Eddie Redmayne got the vote of both the Golden Globe deciders and the 6000 odd Academy voters to win Best Actor in both instances for his role in The Theory of Everything.

After years and years of just missing out on the Best Actor Oscar, 2015 was Leonardo DiCaprio’s year to win. He took out the prestigious award for the very first time after picking up the Drama category Best Actor Golden Globe.

In 2017, Golden Globe Best Actor – Drama winner, Casey Affleck won the Oscar for Best Actor.

Marion Cotillard

French actress Marion Cotillard won her Golden Globe (Comedy or Musical category) and Oscar combo for her role as French icon Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose in 2007.

Kate Winslet

Titanic star Kate Winslet won the 2008 Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Reader shortly after receiving a Golden Globe for the same role.

In 2009, Sandra Bullock took out both the Best Actress – Drama Golden Globe and the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Blind Side.

Natalie Portman’s performance as a ballerina in Black Swan won her the Best Actress – Drama Golden Globe as well as the Best Actress Oscar in 2010.

Donald Trump, Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep’s speech at the 2015 Golden Globes critiqued the then-Presendential candidate Donald Trump without ever using his name. It was in 2011, however that she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady then went on to win an Oscar for the same role.

Loading the player…

Meryl Streep wins the Cecil B Demille award

For playing the eponymous role in Carol in 2013, Cate Blanchett won both the Drama Golden Globe and The Best Actress Oscar.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore’s performance in Still Alice saw her win the 2014 Golden Globe in the Best Actress – Drama category then later the Oscar for Best Actress.

Brie Larson actress

2015 Academy award for Best Actress won her Oscar after picking up the Golden Globe in the Drama category. The actress revealed that her mother’s suffering attracted to her role in Room.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

Emma Stone won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the musical La La Land after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical. Her co-star Ryan Gosling also took out the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical but lost the Oscar to Casey Affleck who had taken home the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Drama.

Related stories


Get your favourite magazines home delivered!  

Subscribe and save up to 38% on a magazine subscription.